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The internationally famed Brisbane home of sport, The Gabba is being redeveloped. It has been the scene of many Australian and Queensland sporting triumphs. Cricket has been played there since 1896 and test cricket since 1931.

Between the years 1993 and 2005 the Gabba was re-developed in six stages. But, in keeping with the development of Brisbane today it is set to be further enhanced. The ground’s facilities are seen as outdated, with its recent listing by Cricket Australia as behind Adelaide and Perth, a major economic consideration in determining venues for international red and white ball matches.

One of the problems has been that the Gabba’s relatively isolated location, surrounded by some of the city’s busiest major roads has made for difficulty of access and frustrating time delays for patrons. Queensland Premier Palaszczuk has argued that investment in the Cross River Rail Project has helped make possible the opportunity to ameliorate problems at the famous stadium. To this end a new raised pedestrian bridge is planned to connect the current busway stop and the future Cross River Rail stop at South Brisbane. $100 million is expected to be spent to activate public space on land surrounding the Gabba, connecting both existing and future transit infrastructure. Another bridge is to facilitate pedestrian access from the Logan Road precinct. When completed, Cross River Rail will provide turn-up-and-go frequency public transport for the crowds heading for the famous ground. The Gabba will be only a few minutes by rail from the new Albert Street Station in the Central Business District.

Government finance and anticipated private investment are combining to make this possible. The Queensland Treasurer has revealed plans to develop the precinct around the Gabba with the potential to attract up to $1.5 billion of private investment.

Image source: watpac.com.au

The overall aim is to renew and refurbish the famous Gabba and its surrounds so that it will once again be a compelling feature of the Australian sports landscape. It is part of a $46 billion infrastructure initiative for Brisbane and in accord with the progress it is rapidly making toward being a modern, internationally attractive New World city offering business, career, employment and conference opportunities, superb facilities for visitors and residents alike, compelling landscapes, street-scapes and river-scapes, and excellent sports facilities.

The redevelopment of the Gabba is timed to coincide with the opening of Cross River Rail in 2024 and ensure it will maintain its position as an internationally acclaimed icon of sporting endeavour.

Image source (hero): droneace.com.au

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